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The Red Sox will need to wait at least one more night to clinch a playoff berth. Entering the night needing a win and Rangers loss to clinch, the Red Sox lost to the Blue Jays 11-5 after Josh Beckett was scratched from his start for back spasms. Meanwhile, the Rangers lost to the Angels, who clinched the AL West, and now one Rangers loss or Red Sox win in the next six games will give the Sox their spot in October.
Prospect Michael Bowden filled in for Beckett, but did not pitch well. Bowden was touched for seven runs on seven hits in three innings. He allowed two home runs (a solo shot to Aaron Hill in the first, and a back-breaking three-run HR to Rod Barajas in the third).
The Red Sox launched three home runs themselves, but could not keep up with the Blue Jays, who earned just their fifth win against Boston this season. The only thing that could stop the Jays bats was the rain, which forced officials to call the game after seven innings.
Youkilis couldn’t knock in 11 runs by himself…but he tried. Youk launched two home runs, and finished 2-3 with three RBI and two runs scored.
Bowden never really gave the Red Sox a chance, as the team found themselves down 7-2 when they came to bat in the third inning. Hunter Jones earns an honorable mention here, for coughing up four more runs to give the Jays an 11-3 lead.
W: Scott Richmond (8-10)
L: Michael Bowden (0-1)